Introduction to Pastoral Counseling – PACO 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course introduces students to a solution-based model for short-term counseling that incorporates knowledge of and practice in facilitation skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, and biblical teaching.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In today’s world, people in our churches and in society at large are hurting. As people go outside their own families for help, 40% of Americans turn to a local clergy person first. Therefore, leaders in ministry need to be thoroughly equipped for the work of the counseling ministry. Since counseling should not be the primary ministry of pastors, it is imperative that what they do in counseling is done with efficiency and effectiveness.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate technology, meaningful interaction, and content from the readings, assessments, lectures, and pertinent research according to current APA or Turabian guidelines to support a collaborative, cumulative learning process.
  2. Evaluate his/her relational style’s strengths and shortcomings in order to facilitate alignment between various styles and behavioral positions.
  3. Identify necessary interpersonal and pastoral counseling skills that foster efficiency and effectiveness in pastoral counseling.
  4. Integrate insights and skills, gleaned from the assigned readings, assessments, lectures, web resources, and the Scriptures as s/he narrates movement of a predetermined care-seeker through a solution-based, short-term pastoral counseling scenario.
  5. Locate resources that support future people-helpers’ personal and professional growth and development.
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Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Textbook readings, assessments, web-engagements, and lecture presentations/notes. It would be wise to back up course work on an external source. If your computer crashes, it is next to impossible to rebuild lost files. Unless otherwise stated, all assignments must be submitted through Blackboard. Do not submit assignments through email unless requested by Professor.  Only email ending in “…@liberty.edu” will receive a response. See Course Schedule for more details.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus, Course Schedule, Guidelines & Expectations, and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

A.S.A.P. (All Students Actively Participating) Checklist.

This checklist is designed to initiate a connected, collaborative, cumulative learning experience in Week 1. Students check boxes after the following tasks are completed: 1) subscription to Question & Answer Center; 2) completion of an audio/video Class Introduction (via audio/video software of your choice); 3) completion of Week 1 Readings and short answer questions in Masterpiece; 4) completion of “My Masterpiece Moment”; and 5) selection of a predetermined care-seeker from the course’s case study. Specific instructions are provided in the assignment instructions’ folder of the course.  (MLO: A, C)

Meaning-Making Forums (5)

Meaning-Making Forums provide opportunities to integrate insights and skills gleaned from the assigned readings, assessments, lectures, web resources, and the Scriptures as the student narrates movement of a predetermined care-seeker through a solution-based, short-term pastoral counseling scenario.

Due to the nature of these connected, collaborative, cumulative research-based forums, the meaning-making forums will have a “paper or presentation-like feel” (i.e. more is expected than in a typical discussion-based forum). Required texts, assessments, and lectures are to be noticeably and consistently used to ground assertions. In this respect, the student must synthesize pertinent material and write a substantive research-based thread and reply in response to prompts in each forum.

Each thread must be at least 450 words and noticeably integrate at least 1 pertinent insight from each required resource~readings-to-date (see Course Schedule). Pertinent material should be synthesized weekly and moved forward into subsequent learning activities. In the same week/module, the student writes a substantive research-based reply via the forum’s QUOTE feature to 1 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must noticeably integrate (i.e., cite) at least 1 pertinent insight from course related knowledge and be at least 150 words.

Abridged APA parenthetical citations or abridged Turabian Form may be used for required resources~readings-to-date (see Course Schedule). Complete documentation must be used for secondary resources. All posts must be written with clarity and conciseness, without spelling, grammar, word choice errors, and adhere to meaning-making forum guidelines and rubric. Specific instructions are provided in the assignment instructions’ folder of the course (Meaning-Making Forum Guidelines and Meaning-Making Forum Rubric).  See Course Schedule for due dates. (MLO: A-E)

Practical Book Review (1)

The student will write 1 Practical Book Review on the Petersen text. This assignment creates awareness of language and interpersonal skills that foster efficiency and effectiveness in people-helping moments. The body of  the paper must be typed with 12 pt Times New Roman font, double-space, and at least 6 pages. Use of current APA format or Turabian Form, correct grammar, and correct spelling is required.  Specific instructions are provided in the assignment instructions’ folder of the course.  See Course Schedule for due dates. (MLO: C)

Solving My People Puzzle

The assignment strategically fosters description, development, and management of the student’s relational style as well as an overall understanding of style alignment. The student will write a paper in current APA format or Turabian Form. The paper must be at least 5 pages and include at least 1 reference from each of the assignment’s required readings, assessments, and websites. Specific instructions are provided in the assignment instructions’ folder of the course.  (MLO: A, B, C)